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Brakes rely on friction to make a vehicle stop. Disk brake calipers and the brake shoes are mounted on something to keep them from moving with the disk or the drums. This is where a Brake Backing Plate steps in. This plate holds the braking system together, helping it work properly. Plates like this have to be durable and up for the amount of pressure and torque that may be subjected to them. Over time though, wear and tear takes its toll on these backing plates, causing them to get weak. A damaged plate can cause brake failure. So at the first signs of damage, don't hesitate to replace your car's Brake Backing Plate. A new backing plate is made of durable materials that are made to deal with the great amount of pressure and stress that the brakes will give them. Check out Auto Parts Warehouse's product catalog for the perfect Brake Backing Plate for your ride. Get high-quality backing plates that with the lowest prices possible, thanks to our price match guarantee. Enjoy years of worry-free and sure stops, so go and place your orders right now, only from your one-stop shop for all your car parts needs, Auto Parts Warehouse.

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8 Steps in Replacing Damaged Brake Backing Plates

Among all the forces that bring your car to a halt, the most important of these are the brake backing plates. These steel plates are the very reason your car's braking system is held together to function. Without the brake plates, none of the other parts would work, so it's important to make sure that the brake backing plates are the first ones that do. Read on and learn the eight steps in replacing damaged brake backing plates:

Difficulty level: Moderate

Tools that you'll need:

  • Lug nut wrench
  • Socket and ratchet
  • Screwdriver
  • WD-40
  • Tubing wrench
  • Allen wrench

Step 1: Support the vehicle using a jack stand. Make sure there is enough room to allow yourself to work under your car.

Step 2: Remove the wheel and take off the two caliper bolts from the back of the caliper. Support the caliper with a bit of wire then remove it afterwards.

Step 3: Detach the rotor and set it aside. Unfasten the bolts holding the axle in. After this, place a catch pan under the end of the axle (since oil will come out). Locate the plate at the end of the axle and pull it out.

Step 4: Remove the bearing cap and pull the static clip out of the end of the spindle. Loosen the Allen nut from the spindle nut. Use a 3-jaw puller to detach the hub and inspect its seals and replace if necessary.

Step 5: Attach the brake lever into the rubber boot. Make sure it connects easily. Install the big spring into the upper-back side of both brake shoes. Also install these parts in order: the adjustment screw and the bottom spring, the pins and clips, and the skinny top spring.

Step 6: Install the brake cable end back into the lever. Adjust the shoes to fit the rotor hat. Slide the rotor hat on until the rotor just fits.

Step 7: Remove the protective towel and tape. Slide the hub assembly (with bearings) back over the axle end. Thread on the spindle nut and tighten.

Step 8: Take your car out for a test drive and adjust parking brakes as needed.

Brake backing plate replacement will take about 30 minutes for an expert DIYer and about an hour for a beginner.